STEM carts enhance student learning at Spokane, Mead schools

STEM carts enhance student learning at Spokane, Mead schools

The Mead School District and Spokane Public Schools are shining another light on hands-on learning, using new tools from a local company

They’re called Flexcarts — and from an electromagnetic ring toss to rocket launching — they’re helping students apply what they learn from their text books in real life.

Flexhibit is the local company behind the flexcarts. CEO Coleen Quisenberry says it was important to give students access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) experiments in school, rather than depending on a field trip to the science center.

“There’s a lot of opportunity for more in-depth learning, because they get to spend more time with it,” says Quisenberry.

Thursday’s experiments happened to fall on National STEM Day, too.

Brittany Page, who teaches earth and space science to eighth-graders at Northwood Middle School, says exhibits like the egg capsule launches help students get a better grasp on classroom concepts. She thinks it could be a sign for what’s next to come in education.

“This kind of hands-on, real world application helps the kids learn in such an amazing way that even kids who wouldn’t learn out of a textbook, they actually get it now,” Page says.

The carts can be leased to and roll into any school in the area, and you might just start seeing them around other schools in the area. Flexhibit was just awarded a $225,000 federal grant from the National Institute of General Sciences and is hoping to use that money to expand across the region, giving more schools access to physical and life sciences Flexcarts.

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